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nations general assembly. this comes as abbas shows no signs of backing down for full u.n. statehood, a move that the u.s. plans to veto. abbas is expected to offer his membership application as early as today. again, the u.s. expected to veto. >>> still ahead on "way too early," after a week of international hand wringing, jon stewart comes up with a solution. we'll show you the clip that just might bring peace in our time. >>> plus, the st. louis cardinals with an epic ninth inning choke. what's worse, it was a choke to the mets who honestly are barely a professional team at this point. the night in baseball and check on weather when "way too early" comes back. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula improves skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. i found a moisturizer for life. [ female announcer ] only from aveeno. i found a moisturizer for life. a vacation on a budget with expedia. make it work. booking a flight by itself is an uh-oh. see if w
of the united nations general assembly. palestinian president mahmoud abbas remains determined to take his bid for statehood to the u.n. despite pressure from the u.s. for abbas to instead resume peace talks with israel. nbc's tracie potts joins us with more from washington. good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. president obama addressed this directly in his speech before the u.n. general assembly yesterday. he said that peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. he has been pushing for the two sides to restart negotiations and in fact the security council is expected to consider the request for full membership possibly tomorrow. president obama met with both abbas yesterday and israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu. with netanyahu he reiterated that the u.s. is committed to israel's security. it's unbreakable, as the president put it. now, what will they do on friday? they may postpone this decision, or french president nicolas sarkozy suggested upgrading the palestinian status from observer to nonmember. they would not be able to vote, but it
for the united nations general assembly following meetings with libya. the president will shift his focus to afghanistan scheduling a visit with afghan president ahmed karzai. he'll also be focusing on the palestinian question of statehood. the trip comes a day after unveiling his deficit reduction program. speaking in the white house rose garden, president obama got tough on his political opponents, threatening to veto any attempt to reduce the deficit using cuts alone. even before the president introduced the so-called buffett rule yesterday, several republicans were already complaining, calling it class warfare. president obama maintains, as he likes to say, he has a balanced approach. >> i reject the idea that asking a hedge fund manager to pay the same tax rate as a plumber or teacher is class warfare. either we gut education and medical research, or we have to reform the tax code so that the most profitable corporations have to give up tax loopholes that other companies don't get. we can't afford to do both. this is not class warfare. it's math. >> speaking in his home state of ohio
criticizing president obama's foreign policy as the annual meeting of the united nations general assembly convenes. rick perry blasted the palestinian authority's attempt to gain recognition and attacked the mideast policies. >> simply put, we would not be here today at this very precipice of a dangerous move. if the obama policy in the mideast was not naive and arrogant, misguided and dangerous. >> also minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann weighed in, denouncing his visit to the u.s. >> i call upon president obama to stop him from coming to the united nations. when mad men in position was power like this make wild and genocidal threats against another nation lick israel, we should listen to them and we should take necessary counter measures to stop them and their evil intent. >> i am joined by ken vogel. i should admit romney said over three years, they have been throwing israel you should the bus and undermining negotiations. let's talk about the comments regarding israel and this possible resolution or the veto from the united states. can these candidates pick up track? rick perry
the territorial basis of their state. >>> the president of the united states before the united nations general assembly walking a kind of tight rope trying to balance what has been his standing position that he wants statehood for the palestinians with the fact that he is opposing a palestinian bid for membership for statehood at the united nations, and he also has that difficult task in the united states of a growing bond between prime minister netanyahu and the house republicans and increasing criticism by the leading republican contenders for president. we will continue to follow this developing story on a busy news day, and that is going to do it for me. i'm chris jansing and thomas roberts is up next. what have you got, thomas? >> well, a busy hour coming up. we will talk about how the president did at the united nations and how the words were received. we will talking about the unique pressures on president obama. and on the heels of "don't ask, don't tell," what is more dangerous than terrorist attacks? we will talk about that with the vice president of the communications for the human
>>> so the category tonight, items on the united nations general assembly agenda. number ten, screw with the sweeds, number eight, good-bye euro, hello chuck-e-cheese tokens. number six -- they've been writing their rs backwards all these years. number five, finally nailed down which one's uruguay, which one's paraguay. number three, do whatever china says. number two, congratulate whatever country came up with the girl with the dragon tattoo books because those were awesome. and the number one item on the united nations general assembly debate whether to renew the letterman fatwa. >> good morning, it is wednesday, september 21st. with us onset, mike barnicle. we also have the president of the council on foreign relations and birthday boy -- >> oh, exciting for me. >> wasn't it your birthday recently? >> july. >> somebody in my town was buying you a birthday present. >> birthday boy. not by a day, not by a week, but a season. >> why was someone buying you a piece of art? >> because i'm a deserving person. >> richard hath, personal friend of mine. anyway. >> interesting. >> you know,
nations general assembly convenes in new york city, even in a city like new york, you feel it. and you feel it not just because of all the traffic that it causes but because there is a sudden international influx of world leaders and their entourages and their issues. even the protests change. new york city always has protests. but it's only when the u.n. is in session that we have something like this, an anti-iran, russia, china, syria protest being led by activists from egypt, iran, palestine, syria, tunisia, and yemen. in terms of protests inside the u.n., though, this year was a particularly good year for what's come to be known as the annual walk out on mahmoud day. this happens every year. the president of iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad, stands up to give a speech. shirt, jacket, no tie. he's very short. he gets up to give his speech. he starts denying the holocaust. he starts demonizing america. now he's also a 9/11 truther, for the record. and every year like clockwork when he does that speech in that suit and that shirt with no tie this happens. >> while the president of iran, mahm
to begin to appear before the united nations general assembly, and he is scheduled to leave this coming friday. is the president leaving this coming friday? a week from this coming friday and he is scheduled to leave to go to new york to speak before the u.n. general assembly, and some time in the coming days we expect this to be resolved. there is a sense now that this could be happening any time. and it is hard, really hard to predict as in terms of how fast it is going to happen. but it seems now pretty fair to say that there is no doubt that it will happen. >> and ann curry is in teheran reporting for us. ann, thank you very much. >>> we will talk about what is happening in this country and the president touring the states here to north carolina to sell his jobs bill. we want the show you live pictures of the president now about to leave or arriving in north carolina, sorry. he is just arriving. this is on the promotional tour as i mentioned, trying to sell the jobs bill, the american jobs act, and the president is going to be speaking to some of his major political rivals in the ho
the president heads back to the united states to again appear before the united nations general assembly. >>> and closing the book on "don't ask, don't tell." the new h bcht o documentary that exams the evolution of the military's controversial policy against gays and lesbians serving openly. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york. in iran, the lawyer for the two hikers is making bail arrangements right now. in addition, the associated press reports a plane from oman has been sent into iran. that is the same procedure we stau a year ago today when the third hiker, sarah shroud, was released. ann curry is live exclusively in tehran. we have a satellite delay, but bear with us because your pore is so important. what are you now learning? >> reporter: well, we actually got the confirmation from the lawyer who represents the two american hikers that bail arrangements are now being made. however, the iranian government will not confirm that a plane is already as the ap is reporting on its way from oman. still, it does appear that just as the president ahmadinejad said, that these two american h
prepares to address the world. any minute now, he is scheduled to go before the united nations general assembly and right now you can see the president of brazil is addressing the assembly. president obama will push for the palestinians to drop their bid for statehood. he will follow the speech with separate meetings with president benjamin netanyahu and president abbas. and while at the u.n., palestinians are gathering for peaceful rallies at the west bank. we join ron king outside of the united nations. good morning, ron. >> good morning, chris. the palestinians are hoping to create huge demonstrations that resemble the arab spring offensive in tunisia and
of the united nations general assembly on friday. >> martin fletcher in tel aviv. thank you. >>> republicans have another showdown in florida. fresh off the california straw poll and it was not one of the front runners who came out on top. >>> plus, can the postal service even be saved? i'll ask the post master general when he joins me in just a few minutes. she won't eat eggs without hot sauce. she has kind of funny looking toes. she's always touching my hair. and she does this dancing finger thing. [ male announcer ] with advanced technology from ge, now doctors can diagnose diseases like breast cancer on a cellular level. so that women, like kristy's mom, can get personalized treatment that's as unique as she is. [ kristy ] she's definitely not like other moms. yeah, my mom is pretty weird. ♪ her morning begins with arthritis pain. that's a coffee and two pills. the afternoon tour begins with more pain and more pills. the evening guests arrive. back to sore knees. back to more pills. the day is done but hang on... her doctor recommended aleve. just 2 pills can keep arthritis pain away a
where he is scheduled to attend the united nations general assembly. before leaving, he told reporters he planned to discuss quote reforms in world management at the u.n. meeting. >>> while skeptics continue to voice their doubts about the president's jobs plan, he still has one major figure in his corner. bill clinton. in a "today" show exclusive, expressed support not only for the plan, but the president's proposal making millionaires pay more. >> republicans in washington always say the same thing. any tax on any upper income person is bad because they're job creators. it's an insult to those people. they don't mind being asked to pay their fair share. >> the former president is bringing together the top minds in the world of business in new york for his sixth global initiative this week. the question is why aren't more democrats cheerleading the president's economic policies? jared bernstein is a contributor and served as chief economist for joe biden. it's nice to see you this morning. let's get straight to it, talk about the president's new initiatives. republicans are balking, b
that case. >>> the president today delivered a strong measured address to the united nations general assembly about the intrans-genes je intransgency. the president declared palestinians must first make peace with israel before statehood is a possibility and reiterated his position that the u.s. will oppose the effort by the palestinian authority to seek u.n. recognition of a palestinian state. >> peace is hard work. peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. ultimately, it is the israelis and the palestinians who must live side by side. ultimately it is the israelis and palestinians, not us, who must reach agreement on issues that divide them. >> here's how the prime minister of israel scored president obama's handling of the attempt to secure u.n. sanction statehood. >> i think that standing your ground, taking this position of principle, which is also i think is the right way to achieve peace, i think this is a badge of honor. and i want to thank you for wearing that badge of honor and
york city. does a fundraiser tonight. and does the united nations general assembly opening. we'll see you at the jack lue briefing. >> one more thing to point out in the president's debt plan. in this focus on millionaires. a little bit of a message victory for chuck schumer who is a big advocate of trying to create the millionaire line, if you will, the proverbial drawing that line on this. the white house pushed back big time at the time when it was done. now they're embracing that populism today. interesting side note. speaking of what i was talking about at the united nations. u.s. officials are trying to head off a dramatic showdown over whether to admit an independent palestine to the united nations. hanging in the balance, aid to palestinians, relations with israel and the president's own political future. nbc's john ray is live for us in tel-aviv. in a perverse sort of way, isn't the ewe united states happier today that the palestinians are going to go to the security council rather than the general assembly when it's looking for increased recognition on the world stage? >> i
general assembly that the united states, our country, would not support the palestinian bid to create a state through the u.n. opposing something many of the country's allies in the arab world strongly support. let's watch our president. >> peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. >> he also used the occasion of his 47-minute address to defend israel in front of a body that has been, and we all know, this historically hostile to israel. let's listen. >> america's commitment to israel's security is unshakeable. our friendship with israel is deep and enduring. israel, a small country of less than 8 million people, look out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off the map. the jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile and persecution and fresh memories of knowing that 6 million people were killed simply because of who they are. >> howard, you know, i've done some looking up on this like we all have, his political history, a short political history,
on the united nations general assembly which would have put the united states in the position of vetoing this in front of the security council, a major international dustup was on the horizon, and they are still working at this hour to try to avert that. president obama today, a very busy day, dylan, a number of bilaterals, all the usual ones, he spoke at the clinton global initiative and he also, of course, met with netanyahu, but here's a little bit more of what he had to say about middle east peace before the general assembly. >> we believe so strongly in the aspirations of the palestinian people, that america has invested so much time and so much effort in the building of a palestinian state. america's commitment to israel's security sun shakeable. our friendship with israel is deep and enduring. israel deserves recognition. it deserves normal relations with its neighbors. that is the project to which america is committed. there are no shortcuts. >> and the phrase the president kept coming back to today, dylan, peace is hard, as if anybody needed to be reminded that have when it come
a pressure cooker at the u.n. today. the united nations general assembly is now in session with world leaders facing a showdown over palestinian statehood. palestinian president mahmoud abbas wants of the u.n. to vote on palestinian membership as early as this week. but the u.s. and israel are deeply opposed to the move. nbc's ron allen is live at the u.n. for us. ron, what's the president saying about this? >> reporter: well, the president, the secretary of state, the united states basically has been saying they will veto any move by the palestinians to get statehood before the security council. it's just a nonstarter. the u.s. position is that the road to peace goes through r ramallah, the palestinian capital and tel-aviv and israel. they have made it clear they will not support this. the united states also does not want to be left in the position of standing with israel, perhaps against much of the rest of the outside world, vetoing a measure that favors the palestinians, particularly in the context of the arab spring. so the u.s. is trying to jump-start negotiations, which seem to be happ
and most merciful, mr. president of the general assembly of the united nations, mr. secretary-general of the united nations, ladies and gentlemen, at the outset i extent my congratulations on the assumption of the presidency of the assembly for this session and i wish him every success. today i extend my sincere congratulations on behalf of the palestine liberation organization and the palestinian people to the government and people of south sudan for the deserved admission as a full member of the united nations wishing them progress and prosperity. i also congratulate the secretary-general, his excellency for his election to the new term at the helm of the united nations. this renewal of confidence reflects the world's appreciation for his efforts which have strengthened the role of the united nations. excellencies, the question of palestine is linked with the united nations via resolutions adopted by various organizations and agencies and through the essential and allotted role of the united nations relief and works agency for palestine refugees in the near east which embodies the p
nations general assembly is meeting this week in new york and with us now are two presidents attending the meetings. former colombian president arube vice chair of the u.n.'s gaza flotilla investigation commission. and the georgian president, friend of my parents, telling stories about my father. >> he's crazy, your father. >> totally. ten times more than her even. i was telling her, like two years ago we were in croatia know he was jumping from the top of the theater and in my bravest dreams i would never consider getting there. >> he's 80 something. >> he likes to swim. >> it's amazing. >> itas maizing. >> also joining the table nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports" andrea mitchell. >> thank you. >> we still have eugene robinson and mike murphy in washington with us. so that's great. >> so what do you expect to happen this week? is there going to be a lot of talk? you've obviously been conducting an investigation. you expect that to go under a lot of attention this week on the flotilla? >> of course. we worked for one year on this inquiry. on s
today for the united nations general assembly. iran's courts are considering a $1 million bail deal to release two american hikers jailed there. the hikers must wait until tuesday for a second judge to approve the deal. >>> speaking for the first time publicly since his arrest on sexual assault charges in may -- >> well, she can't be too close, dominic strauss-kahn appeared on french tv yesterday. very far away from the anchor. >> there's plexiglass. >> like a lion. he admitted that a sexual encounter did occur, but maintained it did not involve violence, strain, or aggression. >> that doesn't work. >> well, you will notice -- >> french presidential hopeful, the one-time french presidential hopeful says he regrets the act and calls it a "moral failing." really? >> that's what they're calling it these days. >> that's convenient. charges against strauss-kahn were dropped last month after information from the victim -- >> look how far she is from him. seriously. >> in france we call that spitting distance. >> yeah. >> here's what you do. >> what? >> you don't try to kiss, make out with
now. >>> president obama speaks this morning before the general assembly at the united nations here in new york where he he continues to address the prickly problem of convincing palestinian leadership to abandon its bid for state hood later this week. the question is, how does the u.s. take a stand against state hood when the long time basis of its middle east peace proposal has been a two state solution? meanwhile, the former president of afghanistan and hopeful figure in the country's attempts to find political reconciliation is killed by a suicide bomber who packed explosives into his turban. the question is what does his death mean in afghanistan. >>> and the new york yankees tried to do their red sox a favor by beating up on the rays. the question is, are the sox trying to give this thing away? it's way too early for this. good morning, i'm willie geist. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on siriu
with the two attorneys who helped them gain their freedom. >>> at the general assembly at the united nations at this hour, benjamin netanyahu still speaking defending israel's position against the palestinian application for statehood which is proceeding and in the next hour the europe and u.s. and u.n. negotiators in the so-called quartet will meet with the secretary-general to try to come up with a negotiating option to try to stall that palestinian application. >>> nearly a year after elizabeth edwards' death, her legacy continues. her daughter, cate edwards, is leaving her law career to focus on her mother. elizabeth edwards foundation to mentor young children. young people. i spoke exclusively to cate edwards before dawn this morning at the susan g. komen three-day walk for the cure. >> after my mom passed away in december, there was so much grief around the country and so many people who wanted to honor her and her legacy and that was just so extremely touching and one of the things that was sort of tossed around was should we think about doing a foundation. i thought how perfect. beca
, of course, the united states will veto the security council and the general assembly would probably vote 140-150 nations in favor of palestinian statehood. which means that palestine, if people want to look it up, will have basically the same rights as the vatican now. not a full member, but the right to participate in an international fora and international organizations and so forth. >> do you think the united states should support that? >> i do. i think it would be good for israel and the united states to support, to support that. as we supported israel in 1948 when they took the same move. and then have a good faith negotiation based on what the united states policy has always been, that is a 1967 borders with the premise that israel withdraw from the occupied territo territories. that's something netanyahu is not willing to make. his predecessors said this is what we need to do. >> president carter, thank you so much for this time. i really appreciate it. >> great to be with you. thank you for having me. >> thank you. >> thank you very coming. >> we had a ton of feedback on the show aft
at the united nations. abbas is scheduled to speak before the general assembly shortly. the u.s. has been leading efforts to avoid a dramatic showdown at the u.n. over the statehood issue saying statehood can only come as a direct result of know,s. benjam benijamin netanyahu will delive an address just after the president speaks. >>> and an emergency funding bill narrowly passed by the house late last night in the hopes of keeping the government running into november. keeping the lights on. we'll follow that. this as opposed to spending cuts and disaster coverage. we'll watch and see how that vote comes down. >>> wall street facing more possible losses after the dow plummeted 320 points pap drop as recession fears loom. on track for the worst week in almost three years. as we look at what the boards are doing today, it's in positive territory for the moment with green arrows. the wall street sell-off yet was due to fears of the europe pen debt crisis and concerns the fed is running out of tooling to avert and economic slowdown. keep seeing deep drops around the world and particularly in e
that didn't work very well this summer. john harwood, thank you very much. right now at the united nations, iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad was still speaking but sell l several delegations led by the u.s. have left the room. the u.s. left the general assembly as did france and several other countries in obvious protest against iran's president's statements. there have been protests outside and we'll talk to u.n. ambassador susan rice. stay with us. so i was the guy who was never going to have the heart attack. i thought i was invincible. i'm on an aspirin regimen now because i never want to feel that helplessness again. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. talk to your doctor, and take care of what you have to take care of. oh, we call it the bundler. let's say you need home and auto insurance. you give us your information once, online... [ whirring and beeping ] [ ding! ] and we give you a discount on both. great! did i mention no hands in the bundler? bundling and saving made easy. now, that's progressive. call or click today. livin
will be freed. meanwhile a major showdown expected at the united nations starting today as mahmoud abbas continues his push for full u.n. state hood. in just a few hours, from be will address the u.n. general assembly. the president will focus on the lack of progress in resolving the israeli/palestinian cop nikt, an issue he made a priority when he took office. after the address, will be will meet with benjamin threat yahoo!. last night the white house also announced the president had added a meeting with abbas to his schedule today, so he'll meet with both sides in a last ditch effort to dissuade abbas from seeking u.n. recognition. the ongoing conflict stemses from the expansion of israeli settlements and border agreements. the united states and european allies are trying to delay the u.n. security council vote on palestinian membership beyond this week. this comes as the obama administration is pledging to veto any palestinian statehood bid, arguing that only direct peace negotiations would allow the palestinians to achieve the benefits of statehood. but he had a different message whe
. the release is likely to be a subject of the united nations today. iran's president, mahmoud ahmadinejad, will give a speech to the general assembly this morning in new york city. the controversial leader speaks of the time when his political fortunes are in question and as iran faces isolation in the muslim world for the support of the government backlash in syria. [ man ] our retirement isn't a simple budget line item. [ man ] i worked hard. i paid into my medicare. [ man ] and i earned my social security. [ woman ] now, instead of cutting waste and loopholes, washington wants to cut our benefits? that wasn't the agreement. [ male announcer ] join the members of aarp and tell washington to stop cuts to our medicare and social security benefits. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa auto repair. gary... he hung up. ...why do we have so many a's in our name? so we're listed first in the phone book. ya know, gives us an edge. you know fedex can, give us an edge. how? well, fedex ships auto parts from factories around the world, they clear em through customs, and that'll help us fix cars faster. great idea
bringing up a vote for statehood in the general assembly. we know the united states will block this, but the fallout. is there concern in the administration that the region could blow up, literally? >> there really is. and the concern is not only that the region could blow up. it's less so that. it's more of the position that this u.n. vote puts the united states in because the last thing that the obama administration wants to do right now in the middle of the arab spring, when they've been talking about the aspirations for all these, you know, the democratic aspirations throughout the arab world, is to be seen as if they're standing in the way and vetoing a vote that's directly to this democratic aspirations of the palestinian people. that's one of the reasons why they're trying so hard, even still, to stop this. at the risk -- i'm going to try not to get too far into the weeds with this. but they still think that there's some wiggle room this week where they could maybe stop a vote from going to the security council, which is where the u.s. would have to veto it. >> all right. tha
of iranian americans are outside of the united nations building to protest the presence of iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad. a short time from now, he is set to address the u.n. generalcy s -- general assembly. in years gone by he's insinuated the american government was behind 9/11 and claimed homosexuality doesn't exist in iran. and can we expect more of the same today? i am joined now by bobby goesh. what do you expect today? >> if anything it is set up so he is probably going to be even more inflammatory. understand he is coming to new york, the weakest he's ever been in his presidency. the arab spring is completely destroyed his hopes of extending iranian influence in the arab world. he's having tremendous difficulty with his greatest ally, syria, which is in meltdown. and at home he's having sort of serious competition with the clergy, with the alternative power. he is coming to new york. he's very weak. even the episode where he released scott and josh. they announced they were going to be released immediately and the clergy said no, they are not. they are questioning him and pus
days changes the isolation of israel and the united states in the united nations. yesterday the french president made clear that -- that they didn't see why the palestinian status shouldn't be upgraded in a vote in the general assembly. so my best guess at this point is that the discussion in the security council will be slowed down through procedural mechanisms, but the palestinians will push for a vote in the general assembly. and they will win that vote by a large margin. their status will be increased. and the israelis having lost their relationship with turkey and egypt, which they've had, will now be further isolated in the world. >> and has president obama -- he was as clear as could be about, quote, standing with israel yesterday in both of the -- the one on one meeting with netanyahu but also in his speech to the united nations. but that brings up the question, is the united states -- can president obama be the neutral -- the neutral party that helps the negotiations move forward between the israelis and the palestinians or does somehow the united states now have to take a bac
the u.n. general assembly that the u.s. was prepared to act militarily against iraq and wander if necessary the u.s. would act without the united nations. >>> well, tonight in tampa, florida, the republican presidential candidates square off in their second debate in five days. expect another food fight over social security, among other things. jamal simmons is a principal at the raven group. did we get it right? >> you got it light. >> lois row mano and we'll be joined by jennifer reuben who writes for "the washington post" but we've got a little traffic issue this morning. lois, let's start with you and the president and this pitch that he's going to make today, sort of the first -- the second full-throated pitch. with brian williams he called it an insurance policy against a double-dip recession. in an odd way i think that almost raises the stakes for passage or non-passage of this bill. >> i think it's all about the passage for him. what his whole strategy is relying on is emotions, is getting the american public to a point where they start getting angry with the republican
of an independent palestinian state becoming a member, full member of the united nations. and it is of course ironic that it was the president himself who opened the door to that in his speech one year ago to the u.n. general assembly, but now it is determined to block the door because of an understanding that the only way to achieve that is through negotiations which so far haven't produced that outcome. i think last year he expected that a year from now he'd have -- he'd be able to announce that the negotiations had reached an agreement on this. but the negotiations protect down almost before they started just one month after the speech. and now he's in a situation where he has to defend the correct proposition that this problem can only be resolved not through declarations but through negotiations. and so that's where he finds himself now, embraced by netanyahu who gave him a lecture in the oval office which i'm sure the president didn't appreciate the last time they met. one has to wonders the logic of the palestinians' move here because it is in effect driving the president into the arms of the
president, barack obama, heads here to new york city for the opening session of the u.n. general assembly, as they do every fall. nuclear safety and libya's future are supposed to headline the conversation this week. however, stealing the show is the palestinian authority and their bid for full statehood recognition. no surprise, israel opposes such a bid and the u.s. is already verbally vowing a veto wiere it to come to that. the thing is, that could further alienate our arab allies and the rest of the arab world. which, of course, is one of the last things the obama white house would like to do right now, considering everything that is currently going on. if the palestinian move does get squashed by the security council, they will still have the opportunity to go to the general assembly floor and try and win a majority vote. between here and there, there's plenty of backroom conversations going on to try to prevent this from ever getting that far. let's bring in our monday megapanel, msnbc contributor imogen weber and sam seder. at the end of the day, the criticism from the united sta
the east side of new york city, which means one thing, the u.n. general assembly is in town. president obama arrived in new york last night. has a full slate of meetings and events before delivering an address tomorrow. ron allen is at the united nations for us. ron, you got through the traffic. you got through the check points. what can you tell us about what's on the agenda today? >> well, it's a little odd talking to you about what the president is going to do. i'll give it my best shot. you were talking about campaign mode. this place provides the president with an opportunity to show campaign mode, if you will, on the foreign policy side. that's all about israel. the issue that hangs over the meeting of the general assembly this time is the palestinian drive for statehood. it gives the president an opportunity to show he's a strong supporter of israel and that's what we expect him to do. as you know, there's a lot of doubts and skepticism in the jewish community in the united states about the president's commitment to israel. this gives him a chance to show his -- what he thinks o
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